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Wooden Garden Furniture – Its All About The Style.

In CategoryTim Whitcombe
ByGardenAdvice Tim Whitcombe

If you you have an ongoing garden project or have just finish having a garden built or finished developing one yourself. Then  your thoughts will be turning to a long hot summer maybe, if we are lucky in which case its time to start thinking about garden furniture. A number of styles of wooden garden furniture are available on the market available from garden centres to DIY shops at a range of prices.
Good wooden garden furniture can add a touch of style to your garden especially if its well made furniture with a good quality softwood or a hardwood such as Oak or teak. A good supplier is also key as they can provide good advice  on which furniture to select and how to care for it to get the best use out of your wooden garden furniture. Then choosing garden Wooden garden furniture a good indicator to look for is the joints in the chairs and tables, the better the joint the better the furniture and the longer it will last. If its a hardwood its also a good idea to treat it with a teak oil of similar to replace all the natural oils the garden furniture looses throughout the extremes of the winter and the summer.

Home Conservatories A Great Place For Plants.

In CategoryTim Whitcombe
ByGardenAdvice Tim Whitcombe

The first home based conservatories were based on the victorian lean to glasshouse attached to a house or shed. Created from simple horticultural glass these first conservatories provided additional space for outdoor living by extending the spring and autumn seasons. In early spring when the sun becomes stronger but its still too cold to sit outside and in the later autumn as the outside temperature drops in the evening early conservatories provided a place to sit and chat with friends and family over a cup of tea.

These first conservatories were suited to growing such plants as aspidistra and ferns which could survive over the winter with the heat from the house walls. Today however with advances in glass technologies and roof blinds conservatories have now become a place both you and your plants can live all year around in comfort especially with some heating.  If you are considering installing a conservatory its best to get some expert advice such as  a specialist selling and installing conservatories Preston, Lanchashire we came across resently

With regards to plants modern conservatories open up a range of possible plants that you can grow from a few indoor oranges and lemons to your own mini tropical forest.This is a list of just a few of the plants that can be grown in your conservatory

Aeonium ‘Zwartkop’  Succulent with very dark purple-black leaves. Pinch out to encourage branching. Needs good light. Pot into Cactus compost and feed 2-3 times in growing season. Keep drier in winter. 60 cms (2 feet)

Aloe brevifolia  Attractive succulent forming geometric mounds of tight rosettes of short softly spined leaves. Grow in loam based compost with added grit and keep on dry side in winter. Minimum 0 – 3° C.

Asparagus scandens  A dainty twining climber from South Africa with soft green ferny foliage, ideal for climbing up a trelllis, but is equally effective as a trailing plant in an ornamental pot. Unlike some other

Cyperus albostriatus  (Cyperus diffusus.) A low-growing relative of the Papyrus, this makes good groundcover for the edges of a pond in mild gardens, if allowed the space to spread. Otherwise makes a nice container plant v

Jasminum azoricum  Tender, evergreen Jasmine with sweetly scented white flowers March-Dec. Needs support. Grow in a loam based compost in good light but protected from hot sun. 4 metres (12 feet) plus. Minimum 0 – 3°

Justicia carnea – purple leaved form  Tender shrub of open habit with dark green leaves with a purple reverse and spectacular, large plumes of bright pink tubular flowers from mid summer to autumn. Cut back in spring to promote bushy